Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs OnePlus 10 Pro

The Galaxy S22 Ultra or the OnePlus 10 Pro? If you want the best of Android in 2022, these two phones should be on the top of your list, but how are they different and which one should you go for? 

For starters, the Galaxy S22 Ultra this year looks different and for a reason: it’s got an S Pen inside, and the design is heavily inspired by the Note series. For all that’s worth, the S22 Ultra is a Note in disguise, only with the long-range zoom camera from the S series!

As you can see, this is shaping up to be an epic clash of flagships, but before we dive deeper, here are the…

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs OnePlus 10 Pro in a nutshell:
  • Both are big phones, but Galaxy is wider and sharper, OnePlus is narrower
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor on both, but only Galaxy uses Exynos chip outside US 
  • Brighter screen on the S22 Ultra
  • Periscope zoom lens only on Galaxy
  • Galaxy has S Pen
  • Both have 5,000mAh battery, no microSD support
  • OnePlus charges nearly twice as fast 
  • Both run on Android 12

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Display and Design

The S22 Ultra brings those Note vibes, while the OnePlus goes for a bold new camera styling

These are easily two of the most recognizable phones out there. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is sending serious Note vibes with those sharp corners and rectangular look, with only slightly tapered edges. The OnePlus, on the other hand, is not quite as wide and hence, it’s easier to grasp with one hand, and in terms of styling it’s all about a giant camera island that takes a bit of inspiration from the Galaxy and kind of blends with the aluminum frame of the phone.

You get nothing but top-notch craftsmanship on the design front: the latest Gorilla Glass Victus Plus protects the front and back of the Galaxy, while the OnePlus uses the slightly less fancy non-Plus Victus glass. Both are water and dust protected, carrying an IP68 certification, meaning they will survive a drop in fresh water or a bit of rain easily. But just like most modern flagships, these two don’t offer a headphone jack or a microSD card slot, something that some users will miss.

One element that sets the OnePlus apart is the signature mute switch, or “alert slider” as OnePlus calls it, a three-way key that allows you to easily switch your phone into ring, vibrate, and silent modes.  

On the display front, both rock OLED screens with 6.7-inch diagonal, but the aspect ratio is wider on the Galaxy, while the OnePlus is a bit narrower. Both support HDR video playback, and both break color accuracy and high brightness records. Also, the two use LTPO technology for adaptive refresh rate that can go up to 120Hz for buttery smooth scrolling, or scale down to preserve power when you don’t need those higher frame rates.

Both also feature a discreet punch hole front camera, and both support image-based face recognition using that camera. The main and most secure authentication method, however, remains the fingerprint scanner built inside the screen. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, while the OnePlus bets on an optical type fingerprint reader.

Battery and Charging

Both have equally sized batteries, but the OnePlus charges much faster

Interestingly, OnePlus has kind of caught up in this one key area: battery! Both phones feature large, 5,000mAh batteries that sound very promising.

But how long do these two phones really last? For that, we turn to our independent battery tests:

Interestingly, the OnePlus and Galaxy last nearly the same amount of time on our lightest web browsing test, as well as for 3D gaming, but the OnePlus has a huge advantage when it comes to playing back YouTube videos, where it scored nearly 11 hours while the Galaxy can only last around 7 hours and a half under the same load.

In real life, both of these phones require a charge every night, unless you are very frugal with your use, but even then you’d be better off topping them up daily.

On the charging front, the Galaxy doesn’t come with a charger, while the OnePlus has that signature red cable and a charging brick included in the box. And not just any charging brick: the phone is capable of a max charging speed of 80W, compared to 45W top charging speeds on the Galaxy. And you’d need to get that Samsung charger separately.

We measured a full 0 to 100% charge takes 1 hour and 2 minutes on the Galaxy using the 45W charger, while switching to a 25W charger and you get 1 hour and 10 minutes for a full charge. The OnePlus on the other hand takes around 35 minutes for a full charge. Super impressive!

OnePlus is also pushing the boundaries with wireless charging. The Galaxy maxes out at 15W wireless charging speeds, while the OnePlus 10 Pro can do 50W with a compatible OnePlus charger. Again, the OnePlus has the edge here.


Bigger sensors on the S22 make the difference

While on paper, not much has changed in terms of cameras on these newer Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro (compared to the previous models), we still get improvements with software tweaks for both photos and videos.

But first, let’s take a look at the S22 Ultra vs OnePlus 10 Pro camera specs:

The Galaxy stands out with that massive main camera sensor, while the OnePlus has the bigger sensor for the ultra-wide camera. Of course, you also get that sweet 10X zoom lens on the Galaxy, and you simply don’t have anything in that zoom range on the OnePlus, so the Galaxy remains the more versatile camera of the two.

We will be updating this article soon with comparison photos and videos.

During the day, there are subtle differences in color and detail, and of course, you also notice the wider camera on the Galaxy.

The big difference shows when you zoom in, particularly in long-range zoom where the Galaxy just kills it.

Selfies also look a lot better on the Galaxy with more lively colors compared to the bleaker tones on the OnePlus.

And above you can also see a video comparison between these two phones.

Performance and Storage differences

New Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is all about the gains!

With both phones running the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, the base version of the Galaxy actually ships with only 8GB of RAM, and you have to pay for a better-specced version to match 12GB of RAM you get on the base OnePlus. Either way, we’re in for a treat when it comes to performance.

There are, however, two factors at play that we have to mention. The first and biggest one is for shoppers outside the United States, who will get the S22 Ultra with a different processor, a Samsung Exynos one. The second thing has a lot to do with software. Samsung’s One UI is more feature-rich than OnePlus’ take on Android, but it also feels a bit slower to react and a bit more jittery compared to the buttery smooth animations on OnePlus.

Interestingly, we measured higher CPU performance on the OnePlus compared to the Galaxy (we have the Exynos model for this test).

A similar thing plays out with GPU performance where on the 20-minute 3D Mark Wildlife Extreme stress test, the Galaxy started lower and then throttled to again lower values, so that the Snapdragon-powered OnePlus has an advantage for gaming.

On the network side, you have 5G connectivity on both phones.

The Galaxy base model comes at 128GB storage, similar to what you get on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Neither phone, however, supports microSD cards for expandable storage, which means if you are a power user.

Galaxy S22 Ultra vs OnePlus 10 Pro: Specs Comparison

And here is a detailed specs comparison between the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the OnePlus 10 Pro:

Samsung launched the Galaxy in February 2022, while OnePlus is only selling the 10 Pro in China at the time of this writing (a global version is expected to arrive later, probably in either March to April).

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is available across all major carriers (including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile), while the OnePlus 10 Pro will launch in fewer markets and in the US, so far tradition shows T-Mobile will carry it, but we’re not sure about other carriers.

So… what do you think about these two? The OnePlus 10 Pro undercuts the Galaxy in price, but it also does not have a built-in S Pen for doodling or the long-range zoom camera. On the other hand, it does bring the convenience of super fast charging and… an actual charger in the box! Which one would you go for and why?

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